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  • Common Signs of Elder Abuse

    What is Elder Abuse?

    In general, elder abuse refers to intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or “trusted” individual that lead to, or may lead to, harm of a vulnerable elder. In
    many states, younger adults with disabilities may qualify for the same services and protections. Physical abuse; neglect; emotional or psychological abuse; financial abuse and exploitation; sexual abuse; and abandonment are considered forms of elder abuse. In many states, self-neglect is also considered mistreatment.

    Who is at Risk?

    Elder abuse can occur anywhere – in the home, in nursing homes, or other institutions. It affects seniors across all socio-economic groups, cultures, and races. Based on available information, women and “older” elders are= more likely to be victimized. Dementia is a significant risk= factor. Mental health and substance abuse issues – of both abusers and victims – are risk factors. Isolation can also contribute to risk.

    Red Flags of Abuse

    Does someone you know—a senior or adult with a disability—display any warning signs of mistreatment?

  • Reporting Elder Abuse

    Elder abuse is a serious problem. In general, elder abuse refers to intentional or neglectful acts that lead to, or may lead to, harm of a vulnerable older adult. Physical abuse; neglect; emotional or psychological abuse; verbal abuse and threats; financial abuse and exploitation; sexual abuse; and abandonment are considered forms of elder abuse. In many states, self‐neglect is also considered mistreatment.

    Elder Abuse Prevention Programs are available around the country to investigate and intervene when allegations of abuse are reported.

    How do I report elder abuse or abuse of an older person or senior?

    Call the police or 9-1-1 immediately if someone you know is in immediate, life-threatening danger.

    If the danger is not immediate, but you suspect that abuse has occurred or is occurring, please tell someone. Relay your concerns to the local adult protective services, long-term care ombudsman, or the police.

  • Spotting Elder Abuse: Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers

    From a distance, it can be hard to assess the quality of your family member’s caregivers. Ideally, if there is a primary caregiver on the scene, he or she can keep tabs on how things are going.